Themiscrya & The Amazons discussion thread

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  1. Primal Slayer Let the Siren scream

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    I wanted to see some more mythological creatures on the island, like Pegasus.
     
  2. Willi Berg On The Run

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    It could be interesting if Doom's Doorway/Gates of Tartarus unleashed mythological creatures, gods etc.

    Time could be spent in a sequel showing any creatures that may be on the island, whether mythological or exotic etc. (or kangas.)
     
  3. Willi Berg On The Run

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    A nice little detail in the WW movie novel is during a description of Themyscira:

    That aspect of Amazon life is only hinted at but it is nice to see and can be included, even if only briefly, in the future.
     
  4. Dark Raven The Gal from Themyscira

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    How 'Wonder Woman's' Island Home Was Created

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/behind-screen/how-wonder-womans-island-home-was-created-1012264

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  5. Dark Raven The Gal from Themyscira

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    Wonder Woman Costume Illustrations Of Queen Hippolyta And Amazon Guards

    http://comicbook.com/dc/2017/06/12/wonder-woman-costume-illustrations-hippolyta-amazons

    Costume illustrator J.P. Targete (John Carter) took part in an interview with us and shared a trio of costume illustration he created -- based on designs by costume designer Lindy Hemming -- for Wonder Woman.

    Before getting to the artwork, let's take a quick moment to see how the film is performing financially. As it was predicted going into the weekend, Wonder Woman scored its second consecutive win at the North American box office. Dropping just 45% from its debut, it pulled in a robust $57.2M in its second frame. Its domestic total now stands at $205M, putting it slightly behind 2005's Batman Begins ($206.8M) and 2013's Thor: The Dark World ($206.3M). At the international box office, Wonder Woman scooped up $58.1M, pushing its overseas total to $230.2M.

    From start to finish, can you describe your process for illustrating Queen Hippolyta's costume?


    J.P. Targete: Out of all the designs I illustrated, this was the most important as this was the queen. It started out with a plain template of a posed woman. Once that was done, the costume designer would print that out and roughly sketch his design over that. We would also gather material references such as leathers, metals, and any other materials. I would then start the process of rendering and painting color and texture over his initial design. For me, I wanted to make sure the embellishing I did was clear and as realistic as I could do it yet capture the essence of what the costume designer wanted.

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    How's if feel to be part of a film that shattered the glass ceiling for female directors and female-led superhero films?

    J.P: It feels fantastic and is a bonus honor as it was unexpected. I always go into a job trying to do my best work; however, understanding I have no control over how good the movie will turn out, so I'm elated with the results. I'm hoping we see more females and minorities directing more of these films but also more of them working as concept artists and costume illustrators. Being a minority myself, this is a great step in that direction.

    For young artists that want to one day become a professional artist like yourself, what advice would you give them?

    J.P: My advice would be work hard, but also watch and enjoy movies and art, read comics that you like. Furthermore, create your own content: films, comics, paintings. The world can never have too much 'art.' This is a great part of what connects us as human beings.

    What was the most challenging part of illustrating the Amazons' costumes?

    J.P: For me, the challenge was making sure I didn't go over the top with color and texture, as I'm more of a creature designer. I had to keep a measure of restraint so we didn't go over the top. These designs had to look tactical yet elegant and unique.


    Since the Amazons are practical, how did influence the decorative elements of their costumes?

    J.P: The Costume designers introduced a bit of Greek influences but also brought a little bit of original motifs such as the intertwined 'W' shapes and eagle shapes we see in much of Wonder Woman's design and Hippolyta's costume.

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  6. Dark Raven The Gal from Themyscira

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    Fight like a girl! Meet the real-life wrestlers, Olympic athletes, and even FARMERS who play Wonder Woman's all-female warriors in the new movie

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/a...nder-Woman-s-pro-athlete-Amazon-warriors.html

    While stars Gal Gadot and Robin Wright are receiving critical acclaim for their powerful performances in the new Wonder Woman film, less prominent members of the cast are earning some recognition too.

    The film's array of Amazon warriors - who are behind some of the most intense action sequences in the film - are no ordinary extras. Rather, when it came time for director Patty Jenkins to select her cast, she opted to fill the island of Themyscira with real-life wrestlers, trainers, farmers, and even Olympic athletes.

    Behind-the-scenes photos from the making of the movie, which was filmed from 2015 to 2016, show the all-female ensemble training, posing, and even finding a moment to relax on Italy's Amalfi Coast.

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    Warrior women: When it came to casting Wonder Woman's island of Amazon warriors, director Patty Jenkins chose fighters (L to R: Brooke Ence, Hari James, Madeleine Vall Beijner)

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    Practice makes perfect: In order to prepare for the shoot, the women, like Olympian Jenny Pacey (pictured) spent weeks training in London

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    Strong! Among the Amazon cast are CrossFit trainers, martial arts champions, and even farmers (L to R: Hari James, Madeleine Vall Beijner, Hayley Warnes, Brooke Ence)

    Among the cast is American CrossFit champion Brooke Ence, Swedish fighter Madeleine Vall Beijner, farmer Clare Duncan, and martial artist Mayling Ng, just to name a few.

    According to Entertainment Weekly, the ensemble cast spent weeks training in London, where they learned to ride horses, throw spears, and use swords - often all at once.

    For some of the women, the training was actually a lesson in appearing less tough than usual. The aforementioned Madeleine Vall Beijner told Entertainment Weekly, 'I've been training for 12 years not to show anything, even how hard I get hit.'

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    Amazons, assemble! The cast, including yogi Sarah Smith (pictured), was formed through a combination of scouting and happenstance interactions in the fitness and athletics world

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    Taking a break: While the warriors may have relaxed on set, there was no time for rest as they studied horseback riding, spear-throwing, and swordfighting

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    Hitting the beach: After training in London, the cast headed to Italy's Amalfi Coast to film (L to R: Brooke Ence, Doutzen Kroes, and Madeleine Vall Beijner)

    Trainers were forced to tell Beijner, 'You�re supposed to show that it hurts!' to which she responded, 'No, I don't get hurt! I'm a fighter!'

    Brooke Ence said that it was 'really cool to see this whole training area, and there's not one male figure in sight.'

    She describes the practice zone as 'women wrestling other women, kickboxing, doing pull-ups and practicing with spears - just a lot of stuff that in the real world is very male-dominated.'

    Once training wrapped and filming began, these women kicked their skills into high gear. Ence recalled, 'The first day we were on-set with all of our swords and shields, it felt like a different type of power.'

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    Toning it down: Some of the women were such skilled fighters, that they actually had to be told to act hurt after receiving a blow (pictured: Sarah Smith)

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    Suiting up: The women, including Madeleine Vall Beijner (pictured) said that their costumes played a huge role in getting them into an Amazon warrior mindset

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    Bonding: Many of the cast reported that they left the set having formed powerful new relationships with their co-stars (L to R: Brooke Ence, Hari James)

    The training and costumes clearly worked their magic, as the Amazon warriors have some of the most action-packed scenes in the entire film.
    And it would seem that working on Wonder Woman bonded these powerful women together in a completely unique way. Farmer Clare Duncan told Marie Claire that 'the Amazonians were the most inspirational, strong women I've ever met.'

    Wonder Woman, with its empowering message, is clearly resonating with audiences around the world. It's already earned more than $263 million and counting.
     
  7. Primal Slayer Let the Siren scream

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    Can they stop teasing us with the feather cape? Just give it to us.
     
  8. Guts Smug

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    I see on Hari James instagram that she posted the Justice League trailer. I guess with Connie Nielsen and Robin Wright both confirmed to be in Justice League then maybe that means all the amazons from Wonder Woman will show up in Justice League as well.
     
  9. Dark Raven The Gal from Themyscira

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    I read somewhere that

    when Antiope died, someone described as her lover/girlfriend/ spouse came running and was crying. Is this the case in the film? Was there someone like this and was it explicit that she had a relationship with her, or could it have just been any Amazon who was sad for her death?
     
  10. KRYPTON INC. Incorporated Kryptonian

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    You haven't seen the movie yet?
     
  11. Dark Raven The Gal from Themyscira

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    I have, but I can't remember all the details.
     
  12. KRYPTON INC. Incorporated Kryptonian

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    What people are saying about the issue you bring up, I agree with. I think it's subtle enough not to raise too many hackles in the wider culture but the intimation is clear.
     
  13. Willi Berg On The Run

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    The person who comes running is

    Menalippe- her sister (played by Lisa Loven Kongsli.) When Antiope dies, Diana runs to her first, then Hippolyta, then Menalippe, who cries out "No!". These are Antiope's family members- her two sisters and her niece, Diana.
     
  14. Dark Raven The Gal from Themyscira

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    Well then people who read into it are wanting to see what they want to see since they don't know the family history. There's clearly no romantic relationship there in fact unless they're doing an Ultimate version like Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.
     
  15. Willi Berg On The Run

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    It's not made clear in the movie

    that Menalippe is Diana's aunt. Nor is it even clear in the WW novelisation. But it is stated in the Art book that Menalippe is the "glamorous younger sister" and tries to prove herself worthy to her older sister, Antiope. Also (as we saw) she was stated as Diana's aunt in the Entertainment Weekly photograph they released early of the the four of them.

    Maybe it was a later decision made, since Antiope dies and they want Menalippe to play a further role in the sequels, and take Antiope's place.
     
  16. KRYPTON INC. Incorporated Kryptonian

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    Thanks. I was surprised at learning the connection here as in the film they don't define that relationship at all or name the character. I think it's easy to come to the conclusion myself and others have since there's nothing said about the character to delineate the relationship in the theatrical cut of the film. Learning this now I suspect there was some cutting of material.
     
  17. Dark Raven The Gal from Themyscira

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    Is she still

    Menalippe or was that only in the early stages? Could her character have been changed? Is she even named in the movie?
     
  18. KRYPTON INC. Incorporated Kryptonian

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    As far as I remember they don't identify her by name or go into her relation to any other character.

    Does anyone remember differently?
     
  19. Willi Berg On The Run

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    I don't recall her being called Menalippe in the movie, or her relationship as the aunt/sister established. It's more in the promotional material.

    She is still Menalippe, I believe. The Art book deals very much with the post-production stages and there is a part dedicated to her, the actress Lisa Loven Kongsli, and her costume design. Plus I think that EW photo of her, Diana, Antiope and Hippolyta was when they had already decided to establish her as the younger sister.

    EDIT:

    http://ew.com/article/2016/03/24/wonder-woman-first-look-gal-gadot-robin-wright-connie-nielsen/
     
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  20. Dark Raven The Gal from Themyscira

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    Maybe they made it more ambiguous as they figured they don't need so many sisters and they had the chance to hint at lesbian relationships in the movie.
     
  21. Willi Berg On The Run

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    But I believe the decision to make her a sister came later in the process. That's why it is not mentioned in the script (and thus movie), or the WW novelisation (which is based off the script, not final movie, I believe.)

    The write up for Menalippe as the younger sister in the Art book is quite detailed though, with Lindy Hemming talking a lot about designing the costume for her and her character.

    We will have to wait to see to be 100% sure though.
     
  22. KRYPTON INC. Incorporated Kryptonian

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    Is it possible that they are using the term "sister" not in the biological sense? I mean in the WW comics Diana refers to many Amazons as "sister".
     
  23. Willi Berg On The Run

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    Well, in the EW they describe her as one of Diana's "military aunts."

    In the Art book they describe her thusly: "...eager to prove herself worthy of her older sister, Antiope." and "Menalippe is the glamorous younger sister."
     
  24. Dark Raven The Gal from Themyscira

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    In that article it says:

    But could Menalippe be like Aunt May - ie an Aunt not by blood but by marriage? If she were married to Antiope, then Diana would still call her Aunt Menalippe.

    Of course, that wouldn't fit with the Art book, but it is one way they could go, especially if they haven't established anything in the film. How canonical do these art books tend to be? Should we take what they say in there as gospel or can the filmmakers even change their minds later on if it isn't in the film?

    EDIT: And what is with all the apostrophes and speech marks turning into gibberish whenever anything is copied and pasted on this forum? Is anyone else seeing this? I've even noticed this in some people's usernames.
     
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  25. Willi Berg On The Run

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    Guys, we're starting to talk in circles here.

    As I said, we can only wait to see what the filmmakers say in the future to find out if your lesbian/sister ideas are true or not.

    The Art book seems pretty in line with everything else to me. As I said, it chronicles the production and post-production quite thoroughly. You can doubt it if you want. But I don't.

    I have found that with the cutting and pasting on this forum as well lately.
     

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